Feb 102016
 
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Jon Beason, New York Giants (September 24, 2015)

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JON BEASON RETIRES..
Following up on the earlier story of the New York Giants releasing offensive guard Geoff Schwartz, offensive tackle Will Beatty, and linebacker Jon Beason, the Giants announced officially on Wednesday that Beason retired from the NFL instead. The team also confirmed the release of Schwartz and Beatty.

Beason has been an injury-prone player since 2010, not playing in more than five games in four of the last five seasons due to various injuries. Beason missed the first two games of the 2015 season with knee issues, played in five games, and then missed another before being placed on Injured Reserve with knee and ankle injuries. He finished 2015 with just 18 tackles. Beason’s 2014 NFL season was also basically wiped out due to a ligament tear and fracture to the sesamoid bone in his right foot during an OTA practice on June 12. He ended up playing in only four games and finished the season with just 11 tackles.

“I feel like I let people down in terms of my availability to play on Sundays,” Beason said. “It was extremely difficult and unfortunately consistent the latter part of my career. I know that those things were out of my control, and there wasn’t one single thing I could have done more with the cards I was dealt to ensure that I was available more and healthy, and able to go out and help my team compete.”

Beason had one year left on his current contract. He was scheduled to make $2.8 million in salary in 2016 and count $6.567 million against the 2016 salary cap. With Beason retiring, the team saves $5.1 million against the cap with $1.467 million in dead money.

Feb 102016
 
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Will Beatty, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

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GIANTS CUT GEOFF SCHWARTZ, WILL BEATTY, AND JON BEASON…
According to multiple press reports, the New York Giants have released offensive guard Geoff Schwartz, offensive tackle Will Beatty, and linebacker Jon Beason. All three were expensive, injury-prone players. ESPN.com is reporting that Schwartz and Beatty were not asked to accept pay cuts. Beason may actually retire. (Late Note: Beason officially announced his retirement). Assuming these moves are designated pre-June 1st moves, the combined moves are believed to create an additional $12.27 million in cap space. It is believed that the Giants are currently about $55-60 million under the 2016 NFL salary cap.

After starting 11 games at guard, Schwartz was placed on Injured Reserve in December 2015 after he fractured his lower left leg in Week 12. Schwartz also missed 14 games in 2014 in his first season season with the Giants due to toe and left ankle injuries that both required surgery. He signed with the Giants as a free agent in March 2014. Schwartz had two years left on his current contract. He was scheduled to make $3.925 million in salary in 2016 and count $4.908 million against the 2016 salary cap. Cutting Schwartz saves the Giants $2.992 million against the cap with $1.917 million in dead money.

Beatty was placed on the Reserve/Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List in September 2015 as he was still recovering from surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in May lifting weights. He remained on the PUP the entire season as a rotator cuff injury that required surgery also became an issue. Since Beatty was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Giants, he has had issues staying healthy, including a broken foot in 2010, a detached retina in 2011, a back injury that caused him to miss offseason work in 2012, the broken leg in 2013, and the pectoral tear and rotator cuff injuries in 2015. Beatty had two years left on his current contract. He was scheduled to make $6.625 million in salary in 2016 and count $9.175 million against the 2016 salary cap. Cutting Beatty saves the Giants $4.175 million against the cap with $5 million in dead money.

Beason missed the first two games of the 2015 season with knee issues, played in five games, and then missed another before being placed on Injured Reserve with knee and ankle injuries. He finished 2015 with just 18 tackles. Beason has been an injury-prone player since 2010, not playing in more than five games in four of the last five seasons due to various injuries. The Giants acquired Beason in a trade with the Panthers in October 2013. He played in 12 games with the Giants in 2013, starting his last 11 at middle linebacker, and accruing 93 tackles and one interception. Beason’s 2014 NFL season was basically wiped out due to a ligament tear and fracture to the sesamoid bone in his right foot during an OTA practice on June 12. He ended up playing in only four games and finished the season with just 11 tackles. Beason had one year left on his current contract. He was scheduled to make $2.8 million in salary in 2016 and count $6.567 million against the 2016 salary cap. Cutting Beason saves the Giants $5.1 million against the cap with $1.467 million in dead money.

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Feb 082016
 
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (January 3, 2016)

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TOM COUGHLIN SAYS HE IS NOT RETIRED…
Tom Coughlin, who stepped down as head coach of the New York Giants in early January, was on FOX & Friends on Monday morning promoting his Jay Fund Charity. Coughlin was asked how he was dealing with not coaching.

“Not well, not very well, to be honest with you,” Coughlin replied. “It’s a very difficult thing, I don’t care who you are, or how long you’ve been doing it. I’ve been doing it a long time, so you get yourself into the rhythm. Your whole life, the calendar of your life is based on football, about the seasons, whether it’s in-season or out of season. You have a schedule that you follow. So there’s some adjusting for me to make.

“I’m not (retired)… I don’t like that word, you know the retired word. I’m way too young for that — you know what I mean.”

ELI MANNING DOES NOT WIN MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD…
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, but the honor was given to San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin on Saturday night. The award recognizes an NFL player for excellence on and off the field. It was established in 1970, and renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton.

Every year, each NFL team nominates one player who has had a significant positive impact in his community. No New York Giants player has ever won the award in its 46-year history.

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Feb 062016
 
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JOHN MARA KEEPS DOOR OPEN FOR TOM COUGHLIN…
At Tom Coughlin’s farewell press conference on January 5th, New York Giants team president and CEO John Mara said he would like Coughlin to remain with the team in some capacity.

“I asked him would he consider staying on in some capacity,” said Mara a month ago. “I don’t want to let all that knowledge walk out the door. I asked him to think about over the next few days ways that he might be able to help us going forward.

“He agreed to do that. I don’t think either one of us have an idea yet exactly what form that could take. Let’s face it, he brings a unique perspective. He knows our team as well as anybody. He knows the league as well as anybody. There may be some capacity in which he could help us.

“This is not a situation where we wanted to see him walk out the door. We want him to stay involved because of everything he has brought to this organization, everything he could still possibly do at some point in the future.”

Since that time, Coughlin interviewed for the head coaching jobs of the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. The Eagles were reportedly strongly considering him but Coughlin withdrew his name from consideration. Both the Eagles and 49ers have hired new head coaches and the 69-year old Coughlin remains out of work.

On Friday, Mara was asked about Coughlin again. “He’s been away, but I do plan on talking (to him),” Mara said. “There’s still hope.”

NFL NETWORK INTERVIEW WITH VICTOR CRUZ…
The video of an NFL Network interview with New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is available at Giants.com. The text of the interview is also available at Giants.com.

“GIANTS INSIDER” Q&As…
Video clips of Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • CB Trevin Wade (Video)
  • P Brad Wing (Video)
  • Ex-Giants WR Amani Toomer (Video)
  • Ex-Giants CB Sam Madison (Video)

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Feb 042016
 
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Victor Cruz, New York Giants (August 22, 2015)

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VICTOR CRUZ TALKS ABOUT HIS HEALTH, CONTRACT, AND NEW COACH…
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz spoke to the media on Thursday. He addressed a number of topics including his injury and contract status, as well at the team’s head coaching change.

Cruz did not play in any preseason or regular-season games in 2015. Cruz was placed on Injured Reserve in November 2015 due to a left calf injury suffered in August that never healed and required surgery. It is the third leg injury that Cruz has suffered since signing his big 6-year contract in July 2013, including arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in 2013 and career-threatening patellar tendon surgery on his right knee in 2014.

Cruz said the calf injury was a rare torn fascia. “It just wasn’t healing right,” said Cruz. “It would half-heal. If you ran on it after like six weeks, it would kind of pop again. So we had to shut it down, have the surgery, cement the calf back down so it can heal properly, and then we’re back to 100 percent… Supposedly after you get it fixed it’ll be 100 percent. It’s a soft-tissue injury so it should heal pretty well on its own. Other guys have had it as well, but it’s something that I should definitely have a full recovery from.”

Cruz has not begun to run as part of his rehab process yet. The rehab work involves underwater exercises and walking on treadmills.

“Obviously still rehabbing, still getting strength back in the calf, but I feel good,” said Cruz. “There is no more pain, there are no more setbacks or anything like that. Now we’re just working on getting the strength back so I can be able to run and cut and all those good things.”

Cruz has three years left on his current contract and is currently scheduled to make $7.9 million in base salary in 2016 and count $9.9 million against the 2016 salary cap. Cruz said he is amenable to have his contract restructured.

“I don’t care about that stuff,” said Cruz. “I realize the way I came into this game was on a humble opportunity, and wherever this goes, I just want to play. It’s been two years of not playing. I just want to go out there and play, and whatever happens after that happens.

“I just want to play. Whatever it takes, whether it’s with the Giants or anyone else. Obviously, the Giants are home, they’re family. But I just want to play football, man.”

Cruz was also asked about the head coach transition from Tom Coughlin to Ben McAdoo.

“(Coughlin is) my guy,” Cruz said. “He’s the one who pretty much took a chance on me coming into this league and gave me an opportunity. So it’s sad to see him go, but certain things are just out of your hands as an individual and as an athlete. It was tough to see him go, but he’ll definitely be in my thoughts all the time, and the things that he has taught me will never fade.

“I think (McAdoo) has a great temperament. I think he brings a good energy to the head-coaching position. I think guys are going to love to play for him because he understands us. He understands how to talk to us, he understands what gets us excited. And he understands that we need to work hard to get to where we need to go. He’s a guy who can facilitate that.”

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Feb 042016
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (November 15, 2015)

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ELI MANNING THINKS HE CAN PLAY TO AT LEAST 40…
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is 35-years old and healthy. He hopes he can play at a high level for at least another five years.

“I feel great,” Manning said. “I’m very healthy, have been very fortunate there. I feel like I have my best football ahead of me and can play at an extremely high level. For the last two or three years I’ve said I have five more years in me. I still feel like I have five more years in me, so I’ll just keep saying that until I don’t have any more.”

Manning also reflected on the disappointing 2015 season. “It’s simple, you got to play better football,” Manning said. “I think we did some things better last year than we did the previous. Obviously, the record didn’t really show that. I think we were competitive in more games, and had a lot more opportunities to win games than the year before. We have to find ways to win those tight games, to win those close ones. That’s just a team, getting guys with great leadership, and great enthusiasm, and knowing what it takes to win those close ones, and having the confidence to go out there and make it happen.”

MALIK JACKSON EXPRESSES INTEREST IN THE GIANTS…
Denver Broncos defensive end/tackle Malik Jackson, who is currently scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in early March, was asked is he would consider playing for the Giants if they pursued him free agency.

“It’d be cool,’’ said the 26-year old Jackson. “Great market, great fans. If I did have an opportunity to go there, it would be cool to reunite with my boy Robert Ayers. I know Devon Kennard’s out there, too. If that was the case, it’d be dope. Hopefully me and the Broncos work something out, but if not, there’s definitely a chance that I’ll be looking for a new home. It’s a business, you got to do what you got to do.”

Jackson started 16 regular-season games for the Broncos in 2015, accruing 45 tackles, 5 sacks, and 7 pass defenses.

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REPORT – JAY BROMLEY NOT LIKELY TO BE CHARGED…
The New York Post is reporting that New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley is not likely to be charged with allegedly raping a woman last Saturday in a hotel room and striking her with his car in the hotel parking lot afterwards. The paper says Bromley believed he was on a date, and during sex, the woman asked for $2,000. “She turned out to be like a prostitute, and that’s not what he agreed upon,” an unidentified source told The Post. After Bromley left the room, the woman followed him. The Post reports that surveillance video shows her “badgering” him as he tried to get away from her and then jumping on the hood of his car. Both The Post and The New York Daily News have reported that the woman has a history of shaking down celebrities for money. “Her credibility is seriously being questioned,” a source told The Daily News.

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Feb 012016
 
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Justin Tuck, New York Giants (February 7, 2012)

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JUSTIN TUCK RETIRES…
Defensive end Justin Tuck announced his retirement from the NFL today. The 32-year old Tuck played 11 seasons in the NFL, nine with the New York Giants and the last two with the Oakland Raiders. Tuck missed most of the 2015 season with a torn pectoral muscle. Tuck was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

“If Coach (Tom) Coughlin would’ve come back another year, I probably would’ve (considered) coming back (to the New York Giants),” Tuck told FOXSports. “I didn’t even venture down that road. I think I would’ve given a lot of consideration to it.”

Tuck announced his retirement via his Facebook page.

“After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football. I’ve had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets.

“I’m thankful to my family and close friends for their unwavering support. My beautiful wife and kids have dedicated their lives to being my closest support system and I’m eternally grateful.

“I want to thank the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders for giving me a place I could call home all of these years. The Mara, Tisch, and Davis families, I’m forever in your debt. To my coaches: thanks for having me ready at every stage – the Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, you name it – thank you for teaching me about professionalism, preparation, and the pursuit of perfection. To my teammates: thank you for always going to battle with me each and every gameday, but more importantly, thanks for being my brothers for life.

“And lastly, the FANS. What an incredible environment you’ve created for me over the years to call a workplace. You all have been so supportive of me and my family, and without you I would have no game to play. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

“This isn’t a good-bye, my family and I will continue our charitable work with Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy and we look forward to continuing to give back to communities that have given so much to us. God Bless.”

Tuck was drafted by the Giants in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL Draft. In his nine years with the Giants, Tuck played in 127 regular-season games with 90 starts, accruing 453 tackles, 60.5 sacks, two interceptions, and 20 forced fumbles. He was a key component of the Giants 2007 and 2011 NFL Championship teams. Tuck was also one of the deciding factors in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, accruing two sacks in both games. Tuck is the only player in NFL history with multiple sacks in multiple Super Bowls. He is also second in career Super Bowl sacks with four. Tuck was a two-time Pro Bowler (2008, 2010) and was named first-team All-Pro in 2008 and second-team All-Pro in 2010.

BILL COWHER SAYS GIANTS NEVER CONTACTED HIM…
Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach and current CBS NFL analyst Bill Cowher said the New York Giants did not contact him about the team’s head coaching vacancy. Cowher has long been rumored to have been interested in coaching for the Giants. He has not closed the door on returning to coaching.

“It’s all good,” said Cowher. “I’m flattered. I think the coach they got is going to do a great job. It’s a great organization, good quarterback. I wish them all the luck. Seriously.”

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Odell Beckham, New York Giants (January 31, 2016)

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JAY BROMLEY UPDATE…
Following up on Saturday’s story that New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley alleged raped a woman he met online and later struck her with his car, the attorney for Bromley does not believe his client will be charged by police. “We have reviewed the allegations against Mr. Bromley and believe no crime has been committed,” said the attorney. “Accordingly, we do not expect him to be charged.”

The New York Daily News is reporting that a “source with knowledge of the investigation said police believe Bromley’s accuser has ‘significant credibility issues.'” The source told the paper, “They don’t think her story makes any sense.”

The New York Post is reporting that police are examining if the alleged victim has a history of extorting money from celebrities.

GIANTS IN THE PRO BOWL…
The 2016 Pro Bowl was played on Sunday at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The four Giants who played in the game performed as follows:

  • Quarterback Eli Manning started the game and was 6-of-9 for 75 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception (off a deflected pass).
  • Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. caught two passes for 34 yards. He also played some safety on defense.
  • Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie picked off two passes, but also fumbled one of those interceptions back to the opposing team.
  • Place kicker Josh Brown was 3-for-3 on point-after attempts. He also threw an interception on a fake point-after attempt.

On the sidelines during the game, Manning was asked about the team’s head coaching change. “Well, it’ll be different,” Manning said. “I really feel it’s been a blessing to have coach (Tom) Coughlin as my coach for 12 years. He taught me so much about the game of football but also about being a man, a father. I’ve grown up in front of him. So I feel like I’ve learned a lot. I’m excited about coach (Ben) McAdoo next year. I have a great relationship with him as well, working with him these last two years. I think he’ll do a great job of taking control of this team and leading us in the right direction.”

“GIANTS INSIDER” Q&As…
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Jan 302016
 
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Jay Bromley, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

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JAY BROMLEY ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED RAPE…
The New York Post is reporting that New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley has been accused of attempting to rape a 26-year old unidentified woman and then hitting her with his car early Saturday morning. Police sources told the paper that Bromley met the woman online and the two decided to meet her at a hotel. The victim alleges that after a consensual sex act, Bromley got violent and tried to rape her. Then the two supposedly went down to the lobby and the woman alleges that Bromley hit her with his car as he drove away from the hotel.

The Post reports that the alleged victim was taken to Roosevelt Hospital for treatment and evaluation. As of now, no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

“We are aware of the situation and will continue to monitor it,” said a Giants spokesman told The Post. “We have notified the league office per the league’s protocol. We will have no further comment as we understand this is an ongoing investigation.”

Bromley saw his playing time and productivity dramatically increase in his second season. Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants, Bromley played in eight games with no starts as a rookie, finishing the season with only five tackles. In 2015, Bromley played in all 16 games, starting four, and finished the season with 36 tackles.